It is important to read product labels to know the chemical content and heed any warnings regarding proper usage.
We have designed these pages to help you properly dispose of anything and everything.
There are hundreds of items listed alphabetically.
Click on the letter your item begins with and you will link to the appropriate page.
If you can't find your item, please call the Decatur County Solid Waste Management District office at 812-663-0960.

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Bags
Paper: Accepted by curbside or at our convenient drop off sites.
Plastic: Check with local supermarkets for recycling programs (Walmart, Kroger). They can be reused (for instance, as trash liners for small trash bins); We do not accept this item in curbside or convenient drop off sites.


Bakeware
(cookie trays, baking pans, Pyrex)
If still in good condition, bakeware may be donated to local charities (such as Goodwill or church organization). Bakeware in any condition is unfortunately not recyclable.


Ballast
(from fluorescent light)
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  You can also give us a call at 812-663-0960 for other possible options.


Barbecue Grill

This item may be accepted by local metal scrap dealers or your local trash handler. This item is not recyclable by Decatur County Recycling.


Barbecue Tank

Disposal of small LP tanks at one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  


Bathroom Cleaner

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  

Bathtub
(Cast-Iron or other metal)
Contact a metal recycler or place for heavy trash pickup. There are also salvage companies that will buy certain styles. Alternatively, you might offer it for re-use by local charitable organizations. This item is not recyclable by Decatur County Recycling.


Bathtub
(Fiberglass or Plastic)
This belongs in heavy trash pickup or local trash haulers.


Batteries

Rechargeable and alkaline batteries (AAA,AA,C,D,etc) are accepted at several locations throughout Decatur County. Please call us at 812-663-0960 for location information. Car Batteries are accepted at Tox-a-Way Day that takes place the first Saturday after Labor Day from 8-3 p.m. at the Decatur County Fairgrounds. If you are recycling 9 volt or rechargeable batteries please tape both ends of the battery terminal to prevent fire.

Beverage Containers

Beverage containers are accepted for curbside collection and at all convenient drop off sites. Please make sure they are empty and rinsed.


Bikes
(scrap metal)
This is an item for heavy trash pickup or possibly a metal recycler. Bicycles in good working order should be donated to a local charitable organization or Goodwill. We do not accept these at our recycling sites or curbside.


Biodiesel

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  


Blacktop
(Asphalt)
Asphalt is considered a bulky waste item and belongs in the landfill or you may try a local asphalt company to see if they can reuse.


Blueprint Paper

Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.


Bookcase

Consider finding someone who could use it, advertise it locally, or put it in a yard sale, donate to a local charitable organization or Goodwill, etc. Avoiding the landfill is generally a good thing. Often accepted by trash haulers by request.


Books

Hardcover and Paperback. You may place these items in your curbside container or convenient drop off sites.


Bottles

Empty antifreeze, bleach, chemical, motor oil, and any other container that held hazardous materials are not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage. Empty cooking oil, glass (clear, green & brown), laundry detergent, plastic bottles that contained shampoo, soap, soda, water can be recycled. Place with curbside recycling or bring to one of our convenient drop off sites.

Bowls
(metal, glass, ceramic, or plastic)
If still in good condition, bowls may be donated to local charities, Goodwill, Salvation Army, or offered for sale. Bowls and dishes in any condition are unfortunately not recyclable.


Box Springs

This is an item for heavy trash pickup or local landfill. Contact your trash hauler for information.


Boxboard

Boxboard refers to "flat" (uncorrugated) cardboard such as cereal boxes. Place with curbside recycling or bring to one of our convenient drop off sites. Please flatten before disposal.


Brake Fluid

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  


Branches
(trees and bushes)
Ideal for composting. Check with your local compost processor, garden clubs, or trash hauler. Your community may offer compost collection. In the City of Greensburg this item can be put out at your curb before 7 a.m. on your normal trash pick up day.


Bricks

Bricks are considered a bulky waste item and go in the landfill or for someone wanting clean fill items. In good condition, bricks are often used by landscapers and gardeners. Set out with a sign offering them to someone who needs them.


Broken Glass

Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage. This includes mirrors, too. This type of glass is tempered and not recyclable.


Brown Envelopes

May be recycled curbside or taken to our convenient drop off sites.


BRUSH

(weeds, branches, sticks, bushes - See 'branches' above)


Bubble Wrap

If you know someone who does a lot of selling on eBay he or she may be glad to take it for reuse. Also, check with your local packing/shipping store. Otherwise, it is not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage...after popping, of course.


Buckets

Metal and plastic buckets. Scrap dealers may accept metal buckets; plastic buckets are not recyclable and must be thrown in the trash.


Bug Spray

This is a hazardous material and may be brought to Tox-a-way Day that takes place the first Saturday after Labor Day from 8-3 p.m. at the Decatur County Fairgrounds.


Building & Remodeling and Construction Materials

  • Construction & Demolition Debris - Asphalt, Asphalt Shingles, Bricks, Cement, Cinder Blocks, Clapboard, Concrete, Doors, Flooring, Insulation, Lumber, Mortar, Plaster, Plywood, Roofing, Sheetrock, Shingles, Tiles, Windows, and Wood all belong in the landfill. Unfortunately, no one in this area at this time is recycling construction and demolition debris. Some building materials in good, re-usable condition may be donated to Habitat for Humanity Stores throughout Indiana.
  • Polyurethane, Stains, Paint, and other Floor & Deck Finishes (oil-based only) - This is a hazardous material and may be brought to Tox-a-way Day that takes place the first Saturday after Labor Day from 8-3 p.m. at the Decatur County Fairgrounds.
  • Roofing Tar (Oil-based Asphalt Sealer) - This is a hazardous material and may be brought to Tox-a-way Day that takes place the first Saturday after Labor Day from 8-3 p.m. at the Decatur County Fairgrounds.
  • Bulky Waste - Check with your trash hauler.


Bullets

Contact local law enforcement in your county.


Butane Lighters

These may be placed in the garbage if empty or brought to Tox-a-Way Day.


Button Batteries

This is a hazardous material and may be brought to Tox-a-way Day that takes place the first Saturday after Labor Day from 8-3 p.m. at the Decatur County Fairgrounds. There may be other options available so please call us at 812-663-0960.